A little about me. NASCAR became important when Dodge announced they were returning and wow, what a promising first year Dodge had. Drivers winning and competing for the championship. Greats like Sterling Marlin, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, all had their time dominating with their Dodge's. Those Ray Evenham red Dodge's were beastly cool! I watched Brad Keselowski win the championship for Dodge in their final year...
NASCAR did lose a lot of it's luster to me when Dodge left. It got worse that Toyota was let in and so lovingly embraced. Even today, they seem to be all over NASCAR, being an official sponsor, having the pace car at tracks, also being used as NASCAR safety trucks and jet-dry vehicles... sheesh. But when Dodge was there, I always rooted for them and their drivers whomever they were to beat those other brands. Now I have... Ford and Chevy is all to root for? Hmm.
But putting all that aside in 2020 I decided to come back into NASCAR after turning away in 2010 and loosely barely paying attention in-between. I must say, 2021 has been a very exciting year and I am VERY happy to be watching NASCAR again. A lot of the drivers I grew up with are gone, and I find myself rooting for the few remaining one's I remember. It is a blast watching these new drivers come up and without Dodge there, I am enjoying the sport for it's drivers and not just the manufacturer. It's made me enjoy it a lot. Now I would love to see Dodge back and I hope they do someday.
I wanted to share this because I really hope there are people here who LOVE their Mopar's and can still enjoy talking about this sport. If I can put aside my Mopar love to enjoy things again, it gives me hope others do too! I look forward to discussing races, drivers, anything NASCAR with whomever wishes to bite.